aka Gordon "Dick " Goodwin
Composer & Jazz Guy
"I used to wear two hats, 'Gordon Goodwin' for my classical work and 'Dick Goodwin' for the after-hours jazz character."
Over the years—under one hat or the other—Gordon Goodwin has written hundreds of works, from jingle to opera, jazz band to symphony orchestra.
Dick Goodwin is a composer, arranger, performer, and studio producer. He leads the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Dick Goodwin Big Band, and is a Yamaha Artist.
The State Newspaper declared "If a touring act or local performance needs musicians — strings, brass, rhythm, anything — there’s only one person to call: Dick Goodwin."
Gordon (Dick) Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina where he still teaches a handful of doctoral students. He was a recipient of USC's prestigious Educational Foundation Award, is the 2001 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Individual Artist winner (the highest honor awarded in the arts by the State of South Carolina.) And he has received a number of writer awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers.)
“He’s kind of the goto person if an arrangement doesn’t exist for the orchestra,” says Rhonda Hunsinger, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s executive director.
"I grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and El Paso, Texas and decided at a very early age that music would be my life's work. I loved teaching and I had a successful run of it. But I now have the time (and still have the energy) to concentrate full-time on my first love — composing, arranging, producing, and performing.
Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina he taught composition and theory and ran the jazz program (which he initiated) at the University of Texas. Before that he spent four long years as a band director in the US Coast Guard.
Dick -- sometimes known as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin – continues to write choral and symphonic music and to do arrangements for the SC Philharmonic, Billings (Montana) and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras. He is in the process of updating James Warren’s “Prologue to Freedom” for soloists, choir, and military band … to be performed this fall in Utah and SC.
Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principal keyboardist with the SC Philharmonic and as staff pianist at USC where she has done a string of recitals including performances with a number of visiting guest artists. She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have just released an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker. Winifred has also been featured in concert with the Big Band.
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Updated: April 3, 2015
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Upcoming Public Gigs
April 12 Dick Goodwin Quintet
April 12 2:30-5:00
April 25 Dick and Doug Graham
April 25 The Dick Goodwin Big Band
plays on the Arts at Shandon series.
Two sets beginning at 7:00 pm
April 26 The Big Band is featured
May 2 6:00 The Big Band plays for Social Inc.’s annual event with 1500 young people promenading and dancing in unison into the evening at the James Brown Arena, Augusta, GA
May 3 2:30-5:00 Carolina Jazz Society at the Lourie Center (Traditional Jazz Concert) Jazz historian and banjo player, Charles Willbanks hosts
May Graduations at USC: Dick with
May 11 DG Big Band plays again
August 8 USC graduation with the DG Big Band + strings, etc. in the pit
September 13 10:30 am at
St. Martin’s in the Fields An original
September 13 from 2:30 to 5:00.
October 15 The Big Band helps
October 29 & 30 DG Quintet
November 12 Dick’s Quartet returns to Seawells for an annual benefit for the Killingsworth Home
November 20 & 21 The Big Band
December 31st So what are you
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